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How to Check & Update Internet Browser version

Posted By on January 25, 2012

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It’s always a good idea to keep web browsers up to date as flaws are fixed and new features to improve your web experience are added. Outdated browsers can pose security risks such as the numerous exploits that are out there for Internet Explorer 6.

Internet Explorer:

Help -> About Internet Explorer
The best way to check for Internet Explorer updates is to check via the windows update tool.

Firefox:

Help -> About Mozilla Firefox
A nice feature that’s in Firefox is that when you go to check the version, it will automatically search for an update for you.

Google Chrome:

Click the Spanner in the top right corner -> About Google Chrome.
A nice feature that’s in Chrome is that when you go to check the version, it will automatically search for an update for you.

Opera:

Help -> About Opera
If you want to update Opera the update feature is in Help -> Check for Updates


If you find that you can’t find the help menu, press the alt key while in your browser and it should unveil a toolbar.

List of latest versions as of (January 23, 2012)

Internet Explorer – 9.0.8112.16421
Firefox – 9.0.1
Google Chrome – 16.0.912.77
Opera – 11.61
Safari5.1.2

Want to find out more about how to check versions or update a browser that’s not featured here? Feel free to request it through our Contact Form.




Ebuyer.com Outlet Sale.

Posted By on January 5, 2012

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Ebuyer are doing an outlet sale getting rid of their ex-display stock. They’re boasting that the items for sale are all in perfect working condition and they all come with a 90 day warranty but as they are ex-display items there is only a very limited stock.

There are numerous items on sale from Laptops costing as little as £250 to 40″ TV’s from £275. So why not check Ebuyer out to see what deals they could provide for you? Below are just some of the deals available at the moment:



Zoostorm Desktop

Intel Pentium DC E5800 3.2GHz
4GB RAM
1TB HDD
DVD Writer
No Operating System
Now £199.99
Was £229.99 Save £30



Scroll Essential Tablet PC

Scroll Essential Tablet PC

ARM 11 1GHz
256MB RAM
2GB SD
Webcam
Wifi
HDMI
7″ Resistive TouchScreen
Android 2.3
Now £69.98
Was £108.00 Save £38.02



Fujitsu LifeBook AH530 Laptop

Intel Core i3 370M 2.40GHz
4GB RAM
500GB HDD
DVD Writer
15.6″ Screen
Webcam + Bluetooth
HDMI Port
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Free Webroot Internet Security + Free Carry Case
Now £349.98
Was £388.80 Save £38.82



Sony Handycam HDR-CX115E High Definition 1080p Camcorder

Free Accessory Kit Worth £99.99
Full HD 1080p Recording
Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* Lens
Sony SteadyShot? Technology
25x Optical Zoom
Now £299.99




Link: Ebuyer




Christmas Sale on Amazon.

Posted By on November 30, 2011

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It’s that time of year, it’s nearly Christmas. There’s up to 52% off Electronics and Computing products on Amazon.co.uk . From 3D tv’s to laptops and tablet PC’s you can find them for a limited time only for this Christmas sale.

This amazing sale is only on for twelve days until 23:59 GMT, Sunday, December 11, 2011 so get your Christmas presents in before they go!

If you are looking for other Christmas goods to get, there is also numerous other products on sale with up to 70% off on jewellery.

Link: Amazon.co.uk




Microsoft Windows Scam

Posted By on November 18, 2011

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Very recently there has been another spout of telephone scams targeting PC users into revealing their bank details through installation of malicious software.

A group of people have been pretending to be members of Microsoft whom ask for a remote connection to your PC claiming it’s for computer repairs and they then go ahead and install malicious software which tracks your keyboard inputs so that they can acquire your bank details.

If you have been approached by these imposters and have allowed them access to your PC then you are at risk, you should monitor your bank account finances very carefully over the next few months and you should warn your bank that your security has likely been compromised.

Remember, Microsoft does not make unsolicited phone calls to help fix your computer, they will never ask for bank account details for any reason and they will never phone to say you have won something.




Peak Time Internet

Posted By on November 17, 2011

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Did you know that the time of the day can dramatically affect your download and upload speeds for the internet?

Many Internet Services Providers conveniently ignore this factor when advertising their download speeds and also their tests are sometimes from right next to the exchange. This distance will falsify the speeds obtained if you live further away as distance matters.

A graph obtained from the BBC using uSwitch’s information is shown below.
A graph showing how broadband speed is affected by time of day. Graph from BBC who obtained information from uSwitch.
“Not many internet users enjoy the maximum headline broadband speeds offered by providers, and certainly not during the working week,”

-uSwitch’s technology expert Ernest Doku.

The graph quite clearly shows a difference in 35%, The speed has been proven differ from an average of 35% up to 70% when comparing the early hours of the morning to peak time.

Almost half of broadband users are now on packages with advertised speeds above 10Mbps but the average broadband speed is 6.8Mbps according to Ofcom.

So in conclusion, when checking what deals are available for your internet packages, make sure the package you opt for will give you the speeds they advertise during peak time. Otherwise you could be paying for a service you won’t receive.




Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Posted By on November 11, 2011

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Another sequel in an incredibly popular series is what Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is. You’ll notice many of the same features from the other games of the modern warfare category with a couple more added for expansion.

The multiplayer has been redesigned with a different look on how to gain “killstreaks” where you can now obtain them through capturing points. In addition to the multiplayer the game offers co-operative game play through survival mode, where tactical waves of enemies go against you while you try to hold them off.

To those who play the PC version of this game, there are quite a few clear signs that the game is a console port. The most significant evidence is the graphics upscaling, by default the game upscales a small image of around 1280×720 up to your monitor resolution. To get your native graphics settings you need to go to Advanced Video > Image Quality, and change it to “Native”. The native option makes the game render correctly to your display settings, while the extra option makes the game upscale a small resolution. The disadvantage of native display is that you will be rendering a higher resolution, thus if you have an old PC you might notice performance drops.




Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Posted By on November 10, 2011

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The long awaited sequel to the Elder Scroll Oblivion is finally on it’s way and will be released tomorrow. Skyrim’s main story revolves around the player character’s efforts to defeat the nordic dragon god Alduin who is prophesied to destroy the world. Set two hundred years after Oblivion, the game takes place in the land of Skyrim in the midst of a civil war after the assassination of the high king. The open world gameplay of the Elder Scrolls series is continued in Skyrim, as the player character can explore the land at will and ignore or postpone the main quest indefinitely.

One of the boasting features of Skyrim is infinite randomly generated content which means that after the main story sections you can theoretically have random quests forever, thus giving a unique gameplay experience.




End of the PC Era?

Posted By on November 9, 2011

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Do you think the Era of PC's is coming to an end?

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Are desktop PC’s slowly dying off and becoming what the type writer has become?

The invention of numerous laptops and tablet machines has caused a dramatic shift in computer sales in the recent years. Before you’d have to sit down at a desktop pc before you could start your work, now you can have it on the move through these portable computers.

Many of the original founders of the desktop PC now use tablet machines just for their simplicity and ease of use. Of cause many laptops and tablets don’t have enough computational power for many of the new computer games but with the shift towards console gaming recently could this be the beginning of the end?

Please leave an answer on out poll as to whether or not you think that the era of PC’s is coming to an end.




Thai Floods Damage Production!

Posted By on November 2, 2011

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Thailand is currently facing a national crisis as months of heavy monsoon rain have caused flooding throughout the country. Floods have overwhelmed over a third of the country’s provinces since July which has led to the deaths of more than 370 people. The rain waters have also affected parts of neighbouring countries Vietnam and Cambodia.

Other Major concerns that are beginning to arise are the Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River, which the Thai authorities fear could burst its banks at any moment and that floods comes waterborne diseases which would potentially cause an epidemic.

Production lines of Hard Drives and Cameras have also been seriously damaged in the recent Thai floods causing a drop in 30% production rates of Hard Drives. A knock on effect of this has been an increase in Hard Drive costs as so much damage has occured to numerous supplying factories.

A rough figure shows that around about 14,000 factories have been affected by the flood, It’s speculated that the supply shortage could last into the first half of 2012, as Thailand is the world’s second largest produced of devices after china.

Information about the Thailand floods obtained from the BBC © 2011




Waterstones 30% off Manga

Posted By on October 31, 2011

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Are you into your Manga? Weather it be Japanese or Korean Waterstones has a massive selection of 1500+ titles on sale at 30% off. Ranging from Popular series such as Death Note and Highschool of the Dead to slightly obscure comedy’s such as Yotsuba&! or Hidamari Sketch.

There’s also quite a few stand-alone books which aren’t part of a series available, but you will have to search through that tremendous selection to find them.

I’m told from an email from Waterstones that the sale is only going to run until the 2nd of November, so you don’t have much time remaining if you want to order some.




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